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Week 41: Letting Go of the Monkey Bars of Life | Everyday Nostalgia

Learning to Let Go of the Monkey Bars of Life | Everyday Nostalgia | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog


“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem…” – A. A. Milne

It’s one of those beautiful fall days. The sun sits high and warm in a crystal clear-blue sky, the fresh scent of grass delicately dances in the air, and yellow-stained leaves twist and twirl in the gentle breeze, trying their hardest to not let go of the life-giving branches they’ve called home for the past few months.

But a slight crispness surrounds us, a sign that the snowstorm forecast for tomorrow has started to reach its icy fingers our way, ready and waiting to snatch up these remaining summer moments that have somehow stretched into October.

Wanting to soak up that warm sun before it’s finally stolen away, we decide the afternoon would be best spent outside. Continue reading “Week 41: Letting Go of the Monkey Bars of Life | Everyday Nostalgia”

Music Monday · Nostalgia

My 1990’s Soundtrack | Denis Storey

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We’re excited to have guest blogger Denis Storey with us at The Nostalgia Diaries for our Music Monday post today. His story shows us how the music that defines the places and cultures in which we grow up can leave such lasting impressions on our musical tastes. I personally know all about how this works: when I was a young teenager living in Nashville, I became immersed in the world of country music and instantly fell in love with it—and I’ve been a fan ever since. Continue reading “My 1990’s Soundtrack | Denis Storey”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Stories

Week 32: Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From My School Supplies | Everyday Nostalgia

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I’m dragging an open pair of scissors down the well-taped seam of a brown cardboard box. Generally speaking, this is a common occurrence in our household, given that my Amazon Prime membership makes it so incredibly easy to get basic, everyday items delivered to me in just two days.

But although having a package to open isn’t unusual, the contents inside are far from ordinary.

My daughter Zoey is next to me, her hands clasped tightly together, her little legs propelling her up and down into joyful, happy jumps. 

“What’s taking you so long?” Zoey exclaims, throwing her arms up in the air. “Hurry up! Please?!” Continue reading “Week 32: Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From My School Supplies | Everyday Nostalgia”

Childhood · Nostalgia · Stories

Week 30: The Luxuriousness of a Lazy Day | Everyday Nostalgia

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I’m standing in the elevator, waiting for it to reach our floor. My foot taps an impatient rhythm as my arms hold my daughter, Zoey. She is beyond upset that we have just said goodbye to my mom—her beloved Grammy Sue—so she is loudly, and messily, sobbing into my shoulder, her cries reverberating in my ears. Her wet tears, the ones trickling down my skin, are the closest thing I’ve come to a shower this morning.

The elevator opens, and I walk into the hall toward our apartment. As Zoey’s tears slowly subside, she begins to feel heavier in my arms: I can tell she’s simply worn out. After we’re in the comfort of our home, I set Zoey down and she plods slowly toward the living room, her shoulders lower than usual. As I watch her walk away, I see raindrops start to splatter against the windows, and in that moment, I feel my own tiredness settle in.  Continue reading “Week 30: The Luxuriousness of a Lazy Day | Everyday Nostalgia”

Childhood · culture · Nostalgia

17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer

17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer | The Nostalgia Diaries Blog

There you are at the pool or beach, lounging in your swimsuit, sipping a cold drink (preferably with a little umbrella in it, right?), and then you feel it: a small bead of sweat trickling down your back. You’re hot, but you don’t care, because guess what? The sun feels good, and a cool dip of water—that blissful sweet relief—is just a few feet away. Ah, summer, how we love you…

Summer is a season where all of your senses have a fun time coming out to play. Last week we had fun taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane with our favorite 7 Simple Nostalgic Sounds of Summer, and for this week’s Throwback Thursday post, we’ve rounded up 17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer—the things that emerge in all their glory during this happy season of sun. And for some added fun, we’re sharing an interesting fact about each of them in case you need a good ice-breaker at your next summer BBQ or get-together (Just make sure to use them sparingly—you don’t want to be that guy). Continue reading “17 Nostalgic Signs of Summer”